Novice Cougars suffer first regular season loss

         The Carlyle Novice Cougars (Chris) were back in action on Feb. 8 vs the Estevan Canucks for their sixth league game of the season. Unfortunately for the boys they ran into a hot Estevan team and dropped the back and forth barn burner, 16-11 for their first loss of the regular season, bringing their record to 5-1.

         It is my understanding that team manager/DJ Danielle Steele tried her new personal playlist of Sarah McLaughlin, Micheal Buble, N’Sync, and O-town, to fire up the boys. Danielle, let’s just stick to what was working. Thanks. ( I cannot confirm this is 100 % accurate).

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         Despite not getting the W, there was lots of great play and also plenty of learning moments that I’m sure will make this team better going forward. Like Wayne Gretzky said, “You never lose, you either win or you learn.”

         Owen “Top Cheese” Light, as per usual, played great, leading the charge offensively and also put in some hard-fought minutes on the defensive side of the puck.  His stick stayed en fuego, but that’s no surprise, he’s been a force all season long. The only way I could be as consistent as “Top Cheese” is if I lived on a diet of strictly Metamucil. En fuego, for those wondering, is Spanish for on fire. Taking note of how much “Coast to Coast” Eaton is trying to translate English to French and vice versa I thought I’d try my hand at being bilingual too.

         Brody “Crash the Crease” Knelson added a level to his game against the Canucks that should have the rest of the league trembling.  Playing with a bit of a nasty edge, he’s taking the playbooks of Ogie Oglethorpe, and Tim “Dr. Hook” McCracken and making them his own. If that doesn’t scare you, maybe you should talk to Paul Newman. “Crash the Crease” heads to the sin bin with a smile on his face and a fire in his belly and sources are reporting he’s looking to lead the league in penalty minutes. Good thing for the Cougars strong PK.

         Nash “The Flash” Faber had his hands full with the Canucks offensive firepower, but handled the big minutes real well and without his tight D, this game could have got away from the boys quickly.

         Bonnie Tyler said she’s holding out for a hero and he’s gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight. She said he’s gotta be sure and he’s gotta be larger than life. Well Bonnie, you should come down to Carlyle, because I could introduce you to nine of my personal heroes and they meet all your requirements.

         Even after the tough loss, that even showed the Cougars pulling their goalie to try mount a comeback, was over, the boys held their heads high and headed down to Estevan for the Bruins game. Maybe it was just me, but I’m sure the good vibes coming from the Novice Cougars had a lot to do with helping the Bruins defeat the Flin Flon Bombers.

         The Estevan Bruin organization treated the team like royalty. They showed them around the rink, treated them to pizza and definitely all the high fives they could handle. Thanks Bruins. 

                  I’m expecting these boys to come out flying next week and do everything they can to get back in the Win column as they take on two more Estevan teams. Good luck guys and we will see you at the rink.

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